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Scoop of the weekend: Crimea, Donbas, Sentsov

 Crimea

The Crimean Titanium located on the outskirts of Russia-controlled Armyansk in Crimea suspended operation on 9 September, two weeks after a hazardous chemical fallout, according to Russian MP Mikhail Sheremet. However, the head of Ukraine's Kherson regional state administration, Andriy Hordyeyev, said the plant was visibly in operation with pipes smoking.

By 8 September, 61 Ukrainian border guards have requested medical assistance because of the pollution caused by the chemical fallout along the administrative border between Ukraine and Crimea, the State Border Service said. Five were admitted to hospital.

Donbas

Ukraine is using its novelty system Serpanok to block Russian propaganda TV in 180 population centres near the line of contact in Donbas, first deputy speaker Iryna Herashchenko said.

The Stanytsya Luhanska checkpoint on the line of contact has resumed operation after repairs.

Ukraine is moving three small armoured artillery boats to the Sea of Azov. The Navy is expected to set up a naval base there by the end of year by moving the base from Mykolayiv.

Sentsov

The staff at the Russian Labytnangi colony are trying to 'break' Ukrainian film director and political prisoner Oleh Sentsov to persuade him to end his hunger strike, according to his lawyer Dmitriy Dinze. Sentsov is not going to end the strike or request a pardon, he added.

Rosh Hashanah

Around 28,000 Hasidic pilgrims have arrived in Uman, Cherkasy Region to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year festival, the State Border Service of Ukraine said.

Crime

A BMW passenger car moving at high speed crashed into a public transport stop in Odesa, killing two people and injuring at least five more.

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